Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Shopping at Unforgettable Memories.

I love browsing through Unforgettable Memories fondling all the fun stuff.  My kids groan when my car automatically turns into the parking lot as we drive down 100 Street. So convenient, as it's always on the way home.  I have to bribe them with Blizzards or McFlurries, to let me go in and they still complain because my "10 minutes tops" is always longer then their 10 minutes.

So last week, when I was in picking up photos ('just 5 minutes kids, promise'), I came out with a bag full of goodies.  I started playing as soon as I got home and this is the layout I ended up with.

The paper is Karen Foster from her graduation line. I scrapped on the yellow paint with a credit card. 
Seen it done, never tried it, now I have.
Will do it again.

I have my journaling on the 'favourite quote' piece from K&Co's Smash line. It pulls out with the 'ma' stuck to it. 

Some of my purchases from my shopping trip are the Studio Calico film strips.  They are called FabRips and are sticky backed fabric.  I also picked up the gorgeous matching butterflys and flowers by Prima.  Aren't they rustic looking?  Love them.  And I bought a package of the Petaloo flowers.  Love this size.  They will work on so many layouts and there are lots of them in the package.

I also bought the Prima jewels on my last shopping binge.  It was one big branch with a bird on it.  I cut the branch up and the bird I'm saving for another layout. And finally, I bought a package of the Prima white flowers.  I only used one on this layout and there are lots in a package so they'll be on future layouts.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Makin' stuff...

hey summer lovers! Is this not the BEST SUMMER WEATHER WE'VE HAD IN REMEMBERED HISTORY???!! We are totally loving it and starting to think that it will last forever :) We are busy renovating the house, and while i was painting endless pieces of trim the other day, I remembered that i wanted to share my painting + foam stamp ideas with you. I foam stamp everything and make all kinds of stuff as gifts. They are easy and affordable projects and Lynette has loads of foam stamps in at the store. First, make posters for your house:
(some of these are instagram photos, I was in a hurry!)
This is in my scrap room - and every time i read it i hear it in Will Farrell's voice. That guy is annoying. Funny, but annoying. Ok. Focus. Next project, pillows for the living room :

Just used good 'ol acrylic paint and stamped right on the fabric.
Gifts for the teachers this year. Completely stolen idea from pinterest. The link was broken, so I can't even lead you the original. I'm not sure all the teachers caught the reference to the song, but does it matter?

And this March, my little niece Vayda was born and I made this for her room. Idea also from the web:

A bright pink growth chart for her room :)

I have stamped T-shirts, cloth bags, barnwood, and made personalized art books out of big sketch books for all the birthday parties the boys get invited to in school. It's easy, it's very affordable, it's fun and it's HANDMADE.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Going to the Prom

I showed you how I created my background for this page, a couple of posts ago. I love how it turned out.  I added Kaiser pearls in grey to some of my stamped flowers. Used lots of tape around the edges.  I tore the music tape and stuck it down.  The patterned paper is Karen Foster.  I also used an old Hambly acrylic piece on the left page and some red/gold metal mesh I've had in my stash forever.

The boy holding a rose is from a Jolee's sticker package.  I found it in the graduation section of the store.  This years Prom theme was Hollywood so I had to use some of my Tim Holtz film strip embellishement.

Some more film strip under the big grey Prima bloom.  I also used some white leaves.  I love how classy and dressy the Prima looks on this page.

Here's a closeup of the stamping and tape in one corner of my layout.  I used distress ink in black.    I layered the Polka dot tape with some Smash colour blocked tape and another piece of music tape on top of that.  After adding the grey pearls to the flowers I decided I wanted to add a few more iin the smaller sizes on top of the tape. Lots of layers.

Some more tape layering and grey jewels on this side of my layout.  Added another sticker from the Prom package by Jolees.  I love that Jolees has stickers for absolutely every theme you can think of.

The red bling swirl is by Prima and was so perfect for this photo of my son's date in her red dress.  The corsage has little red jewels in amongst the baby's breath. Just gorgeous.

So if you're scrapping Graduation/Prom pictures be sure to check out the section in Unforgettable Memories.  There is lots of neat product.  The wedding section has lots of dressy papers and for bling head to the sparkly section of the store.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Kids Classes!

Many people have been asking about kids classes for the summer.  Here is some information on what is planned this far.....

Tuesday, July 24 - Monogrammed letter
Come make a cool, personalized decoration for your door or wall.  You will have lots of choices to create your monogram letter: paint, paper, ribbon, flowers, buttons, punches and more!  Anything goes!
$10, from 11:00 to 12:00

Wednesday, July 25 - Flower Canvas
Kids will love to get messy doing some sponge painting!  We'll paint our background and then create some 3D flowers out of scrapbook paper.
$10, from 11:00 to 12:00

Thursday, July 26 - Postcards

Are your kids missing their school friends?  Does grandma live far away?  We will make 3 postcards that can be mailed to anyone, local or far away!
(We will make a cute scene with thumbprint art, a painted scene of your home/hometown and a special card with you on it!)
$10, from 11:00 to 12:00

Only 10 spots are open for each class, so sign up quick.  Sign up for one, or sign up for all!  Call 250-785-2711 or stop by the store to register your children.

Upcoming for August:
- Thumbprint family photo
- Paper pieced self portrait (1.5 hour)
- Hand/foot animal art
- Kaleidoscopes
- Popsicle stick bracelets

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

The beginning...

I started work on a background for a Prom layout.

The white polka dot tape is from the Smash collection.  I put a strip down one side.  I'm sure I will use more on this layout.  The nice thing about the tape is it is not so sticky that if you decide you need to move it you don't end up wreaking your paper.  It peels back up very nicely.

I chose two stamps from my collections.  A leaf stamp and a flower stamp.  I used Tim Holtz distress ink pad in black and stamped the images randomly around the top and right edges of my paper. I'm already liking how it looks.

I used one of Primas small flower masks, (It comes in a package of six different flower masks.) and sprayed gold mist around the edges of my layout.You can see where I flipped the masks over and blotted the mist into the paper.  It is very shimmery and pretty IRL.

I used one of the circle chipboard pieces I have as a mask for the red mist. I'm going to put a couple photos on the left hand side.  One vertical and one horizontal so I want part of the circle to show beneath them.  Maybe I'll do my title around the circle...

I can kind of see the layout in my head.  Hopefully it turns out as well as I'm imagining it. 
So far, I'm liking the background I have started on.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Prima Sketch

I'm really liking Prima's sketches lately.  Check out the drippy paint on this one.  Love it!

Check out the Prima blog to see what the Prima Designers have done with this sketch.

And the Prima Educators blog for a couple more layouts using this sketch.

I'm going to check through my photos tonight, and find a couple that would work for this sketch.  And pick paint colours.  I really like that drippy effect!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Little creatures everywhere

The photos were taken in Beacon Hill Park, Victoria.  We used to have to search the side of the water for the occasional turtle until some clever park employee thought to put out a sunning log for them.  Now they are lined up for all to see.

I used some scraps on this page.

The music paper is Teresa collings.
There are lots of different woodgrain designs by different manufacturers available in Unforgettable Memories ~ this one is Karen Foster.

The title numbers are Tim Holtz grunge numbers.  I sprayed them with ink mist and edged with Pinecone ink.
'Turtles' is the felt Prima stickers.


I love the paste mushrooms Prima puts out.  Word of caution ~ when pulling them off the packaging be very careful.  They break.  I glued the two pieces together and you can't tell at all, but I'm more careful now.

I've got lots of animal life floating around this layout. I punched 3 dragon flies and glued them in a row. The wood bullrushes is by Kaiser.  There are lots of different designs, perfect for outdoor layouts, in Unforgettable Memories.

 I used a photo of the sign for part of my title.  And another creature ~ One of Prima's rub-on velvet birds.

Love, love, love these sticker owls by Sandy Lion.  You get a bunch in a package.  This is my 3rd or 4th layout with on of these cuties on it.

So that's my turtle layout.  There are lots of little creatures in Unforgettable Memories to add to your layouts.  Stickers, rub-ons, punches, stamps...

Add something cute to your next page.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Heather's Smash and Mash

I was at the Smash and Mash last night.  So fun to see everyone's pages and scrapbook along with the ladies.

I managed to almost complete 3 pages in my Smash Album. I snapped some photos of them while they were on my desk.

The first page is of my two boys, hamming it up for the camera in their Grad tux's.  Such handsome boys :)

I used Smash tape ~ it comes coloured in funky blocks like that.  And a couple of Smash tabs to hold my photo in place. The brad is Crate Paper and the chipboard button is My Little Yellow Bicycle. 

I also stamped the date using my new Smash stamper.  It has a bunch of cute sayings on the same rotating date stamper.  Really neat and reasonably priced.  They are tucked in with the Smash display.  Check them out.  I know I'm going to be using my stamper on many layouts.

This next page is my family with my parents.  It's been over 7 years since we've all been in the same place at the same time so it was wonderful of my friend Lilia to bring over her camera and get us all to pose for this photo.  Thanks, Lilia!

I used Prima leaves and flowers, Smash polka dot tap & journal tab, green MM paint and Prima sticker letters. 

This last page is a picture of me that isn't too, too bad.  I hate photos of me and most of them end with a tap of the delete key.  I see a 25 year old me when I look in the mirror,  why do I see such an old me in photos? 

I punched a butterly shape out of some cardstock and used it as a stencil with the MM green paint.  Then I outlined it with my black pen and put a gold jewel on the body.    
The paper is out of Ang's scrap bag. Thanks, Ang!

I used some more Smash tape and some Smash journal pages ~ still have to do the actual journaling. 
The brads are Crate Paper. Clock is Prima.

I hope you'll join us for the next Smash and Mash.
These albums are really a fun way to scrap.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Smash and Mash

We are having a fun night being creative and inspiring each other. Here is one of my pages to help inspire you! I used some scrap paper and left over Echo Park This and That embellishments.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Scrapbook desktops

I like to change my desktop every month.  A couple of my favourite scrapbooking manufacturers provide free desktop calendars each month.

Basic Grey uses their pretty paper designs for their monthly calendars.  I love the July one.  Very rich looking with reds and greys.  It's the one I chose for my work computer. Check it out here.

BoBunny also has a desktop calendar to upload.  You can personalize it with your own photos.  Follow the instructions to insert your pictures. Very neat.  If you are a camper you will like the July desktop. Find it here.

If you just want pretty pictures for your monitors screen check out National Geographic.  They have some stunning photographic wallpapers. 

If you know of any others leave us a link in the comments below.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Graduation 2012

My boys graduated this year and we got soooo many photos.  Friends, family and myself all snapping pictures at every opportunity.  For once there are a few with me in them :)

The Grand March was Wednesday night.  I uploaded the photos to Unforgettable Memories the next morning, and Mum and I were scrapbooking them that evening. 

I started with white Bazzill paper and sprayed red mist over a 12 x 12 mask.  The corner is a Glimmer Screen mask with mustard coloured ink.  I used a piece of felt with my Tim Holtz applicator to apply the ink so I had some control where it went.

The patterned paper is by Karen Foster.  I used a border punch and black paper to put the fancy edge on it.


 The stickers are BoBunny & My little Yellow Bicycle.  The chipboard apple is Crate Paper (found in the school section at Unforgettable Memories)


 I cut apart a grey Prima pearl swirl and placed it around my big black flower.  I tucked a couple of leaves underneath for a little colour.  I love how dressy the black and grey is. Perfect for these photos.


 I used another Prima black flower with grey pearls arranged in the center as a topper for my journaling block.  The journaling block is from a pad by My Little Yellow Bicycle.


The A+ Brad is Crate Paper found in the school section.  The chipboard scalloped circle is by Kaiser and the wood circle is from a Prima package; as is the wood clock in the top left corner of the layout and the wood 'Remember' pennant below the middle photo.

If you have grad photos to scrap get in to Unforgettable Memories ASAP.  The product is going fast.